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Borneo Rainforest Lodge, design by Arkitrek.

Indicators of Social Impact in Architectural Practice

If you are an organisation with a stated social objective, then it’s reasonable to be asked to report how effective you are at meeting your objective. In a previous article we looked at some indicators that Arkitrek uses to report social impacts in architectural design. This article looks at the social impacts of how we do business, considering who we work for / who we do not work for, our staff welfare and our business philosophy. Arkitrek has always only worked with clients who match our own social objective. This means...

Arkitrek founder Ian Hall is on sabbatical.

My Sabbatical by Ian Hall

[2016 is the year of the Arkitrek Sabbatical and we’ll be publishing a series of articles by Arkitrekkers explaining what the sabbatical means to them. Arkitrek founder, Ian Hall, kicks us off.] Sabbatical to me means to take time out from a job that you intend to return to. In contemplating the meaning of the Arkitrek Sabbatical, I am immediately faced with the difficulty of separating myself from Arkitrek. Am I speaking about what the Arkitrek Sabbatical means to me, or what the Sabbatical means to Arkitrek? To Arkitrek,...

Arkitrek 2015 Highlights

Highlights of 2015! Scroll down for some major Flashbacks!! Projects The finished building of the Tinangol Kindergarten early this year. Time Capsule designed by our intern Chris for the Sabah Forestry Department is complete! The Mantanani Groundwater research is completed and results show that the level of sustainable water and water in the reservoir is reducing. This indicates that immediate action needs to be taken. The Bornean Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) Aerial walkway project is progressing well and is expected...

Arkitrek Guide to Working for Free

Would you like to know how to piss off all your clients, lower the esteem of your company and ensure that your staff don’t stick around? Try working for free. Working for free can bite you on the bum, but like many animals with sharp teeth it can also give you a warm fluffy feeling, new friends, loyalty and inspiration. Here’s our guide to avoiding the teeth, learned painfully. Your motives for working for free may include: for kudos, to attract and retain staff, to build your portfolio and to create business opportunities....

Squat toilet with bucket and scoop to wash your bum

How to wipe your arse with your left hand

Many Westerners who arrive in Borneo are horrified when faced with a loo without loo paper. They may remember advice from a fellow traveller, often given with a snigger, "Never shake hands with your left hand because that's the hand that you use to wipe your arse with". What exactly do they mean? How could you possibly wipe your arse with your hand? This blog aims to demystify the process and explain exactly how to 'go local' and leave both your arse and your left hand squeaky clean and smelling fresh. Before reading on, be warned...